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Please can someone let me know why my kitten insists on sitting on my hair when I am sleeping and sucking and "kneading" it? I try to get her to stop, I am using a spray bottle, but I was hoping to understand WHY she does it to see if I can discourage it.

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By (Guest Post)
January 25, 20050 found this helpful

I believe she is trying to nurse. They knead their mother's bellies to find a teat and bring down her milk. That could be why she is trying to suck on your "fur" (your hair)! I'm not sure how to stop it except that maybe it is a phase. Maybe you could shut your door if she wakes you up?

Have fun with your new friend!

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September 28, 20160 found this helpful

Mine does the same thing. Then she cries

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January 25, 20050 found this helpful

I believe I read somewhere that kittens and sometimes grown cats will lick or suck on hair if your

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shampoo etc was made with animal bi-products.

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January 25, 20050 found this helpful

Cindy, I think she was weaned too early. Hopefully as she gets older, this behavior will stop! I agree with the suggestion the Guest Post gave you...close your door!

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By Allison (Guest Post)
January 25, 20050 found this helpful

I have a cat that did the same thing, but mine is not a kitten anymore. I would just push her away, and after a while she got the message and quit trying to suck on my hair. However, she does try to nurse on other things. My grandmother crocheted a small, um, crocheted thing, out of yarn. I rubbed it around in my bed sheets and kept in in my bed so it would smell like me, and I gave it to my cat when she would try to suck on my hair.

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Sometimes that worked, or she just started sucking on my sheets. I don't live at home anymore (the cat lives with my parents) so I don't see the cat much, but I think I have seen her try to suck on things once in a while, even now. So your cat may not outgrow the habit completely, but it is possibly to deter her from sucking on your hair-- just be patient and persistent.

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January 25, 20050 found this helpful

My 13 yr old sat still "sucks and kneads" when she is in her bed. I asked the vet about this and he said it is normal for a cat to regress back to their kittenhood when she is happy and content.

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By southernsibe (Guest Post)
January 25, 20050 found this helpful

The kneading is a way that they express milk when they nurse, when a kitten does this, it may be because it misses it mother, or it is being affectionate towards you. You may want to try holding her in your lap with a scrunched up blanket or towel and see if you can't get her to exhibit the behaviour there instead of on your head.

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January 25, 20050 found this helpful

The kneading is a way that they express milk when they nurse, when a kitten does this, it may be because it misses it mother, because that is what it did to nurse, or it is being affectionate towards you. You may want to try holding her in your lap with a scrunched up blanket or towel and see if you can't get her to exhibit the behaviour there instead of on your head

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By (Guest Post)
January 25, 20050 found this helpful

Give her a piece of silky lacy material each time she does this,,,,,she will learn to use her lovey blanky for this need for closeness and warmth.

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By missy (Guest Post)
January 26, 20051 found this helpful

I had a cat that did that for 20 years, and I have a new cat that has done that for the last 3 years, ever since we got him. Our vet told us that they were not properly weaned from their mothers or else taken away too soon.

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Mine seem to want to do this as they are trying to fall asleep. I just let them, I'm glad that they are happy with me and feel contented.

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October 28, 20170 found this helpful

I got my kitten at 14 weeks old. It was with his mother until that time. I also like that he does this. Hes done it since the first night we brought him home and I like that its only something he does with me.

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January 31, 20050 found this helpful

My cat did that when she was a kitten but she has grown out of it, she now only needs a blanket that is in my lap and the sucking has stopped all together. She was weened correctly but I think she missed her mother.

Good luck

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By Anika R. Dyer (Guest Post)
June 8, 20050 found this helpful

My kitten won't stop sucking on me and I don't know if I should let him or stop it....he has not been to the vet yet, but I'm trying too find solutions now b 4 i go.....HELP!

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By wendy graham (Guest Post)
May 20, 20060 found this helpful

your kitten was weaned too early and that is why they do this. All you can do is try to discourage it but most times I believe that it will be a life long problem. My kitten does the same thing to. I guess we have to buy hats....lol

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June 14, 20070 found this helpful

i bought the CATSIFIER online and it works great. Its a pillow w/ a fur cat on it w/ small nipples..my kittens love it and thay leave me alone at night

It is because they were taken from thier mother too soon. Don't use a spay bottle get this pillow and teach it to use it

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By paul h (Guest Post)
January 13, 20080 found this helpful

I've got 2 - 8 week old kittens who are brothers and just 1 of them sucks the others leg when it's settling down to sleep. It doesn't seem to be affecting the other kitten. In fact. he seems happy to let him. Is this because he was weaned too soon, or just showing affection to his brother?

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By exhausted (Guest Post)
July 18, 20080 found this helpful

We love our kittens. They are cute and cuddly however, mine is driving me CRAZY. I have not had a good nights sleep since I got her. Because of this obsession with my hair, she wants to knead it, and bury herself in it. I can deal with it while I am awake watching tv or working, but at night it is getting harder and harder. I have tried the water bottle, even some of that safe cat spray you use to train them not to scratch but it is not working, so when I put her out of my room she sits at my door and cries so loud she wakes, me and my son.

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In fact since I live in an apartment, I am sure the neighbors can hear her too. I really need advice. She is 4 1/2 months old, a rescue, and yes, I am sure she was taken from her mom to young. But she is very outgoing and afraid of nothing. Please, anyone... a little help here. It is making me very grumpy not getting enough sleep : (

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By Chris (Guest Post)
August 24, 20080 found this helpful

My kitten does this too I've been putting a stuffed animal between him and my hair every time he does it and then he starts sucking on the the stuffed animal, it seems to be working pretty well so maybe try getting a stuffed animal for it to suck on instead of your hair

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By Guest Post (Guest Post)
October 19, 20081 found this helpful

It is not true that kittens try to nurse because they were weaned too early, this is a common misconception. I got my kitten when she was 12 weeks old and she still did this.

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October 28, 20170 found this helpful

I agree. I got my Kitten at 14 weeks old. He was with the mother until this time.

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By Red Neck (Guest Post)
October 23, 20080 found this helpful

After shampooing, rinse your hair with something that will taste bad to the cat. Veterinarians and pet stores sell something called "bitter apple" for similar purposes. It is not poisonous but it tastes bad to animals. With a few attempts by the kitten to suckle on that, the habit will be broken.

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October 30, 20130 found this helpful

I have four cats. My 1st was only 5 weeks old when I had him and I had to wean him onto solids myself. He is affectionate but has never 'suckled'. I have adopted 2 other cats who are both lovely but my fourth is a kitten and he was 8 weeks old when we had him. He loves my other cats, plays and washes them cuddles them but will not leave me alone. I think because I feed him, cuddle him, talk to him and kiss him he sees me as his mother figure and during the night he sucks my hair and kneads my head, his claws hurt and he wakes me up. Its frustrating because my children keep me awake during the nights as well as the kitten. I hope he will grow out of it but I don't want to push him away as I don't want him to feel rejected!

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August 3, 20160 found this helpful

I know how you feel my kitten has been doing this ever since I got her. But I don't mind. Every night she insists on cuddling up against my neck she is so lovable though. But I don't know what to tell you if it is keeping you awake at night like than close your door. But like for me I'm 14 and don't have to worry so I just allow her because I have no problem with it

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May 8, 20170 found this helpful

It is frustrating if your trying to sleep, but it's because they see you as their mother, your building a bond with them that's why even as older cats who were weaned properly still do it. You are their mother now. As annoying as it is, I don't push them away when they do it, I like the bonding. Don't want them to feel like you don't feel the same.

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June 25, 20170 found this helpful

I came here to find answers but also have a suggestion. I have the same problem. I'm not sure how old my kitten is but when he wants to settle he goes for my head, I can move him over and over he always goes back even tries to eat my necklace. If I kick him out he cries at the door. I have started covering my hair with my blanket, he whines and tries to get to my hair but eventually gives up. Now he is laying at my feet. I had another cat that did this on any fleece blanket. I wish I could find a better way to stop it.

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